In the parts of the world where it’s still chilly outside, winter blues tends to hit the hardest. Time to do something for yourself and plan a spring break trip! Because really, why should college kids have all the fun?
The epicenter of spring break is Cancun, and lately, also Playa del Carmen gets its fair share of college students, eager to make this trip the best of their lives. Or the most inebriated. But don’t worry, there is something for everyone in Playa del Carmen, and if beer pong tournaments and wet t-shirt contests are not your thing, we have some great alternatives for you.
Guests at Playa Palms Beach Hotel are right downtown Playa del Carmen, with everything nearby. But despite being within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and clubs, inside the hotel it’s pleasantly quiet, with a peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy lazy evenings in the hammock on your balcony, overlooking the Caribbean Sea as far as the island of Cozumel.
During the day, there are many activities you can do, while avoiding drunk spring breakers. If you want to visit Mayan ruins without the masses Chichen Itza or Tulum attracts, try Ek Balam. This surprisingly well preserved archaeological Mayan site close to Valladolid is unlike any other, mostly because of its intricate artistic details. It has several temples, two palaces and one large pyramid, El Torre, which is one of the largest Mayan structures on the Peninsula.
Another unforgettable day trip is Isla Contoy, an absolutely breathtaking island of pristine beauty with an abundant wildlife. Daily, only a few visitors are allowed access on this secluded island north of Isla Mujeres, which makes it a very exclusive experience.
For a relaxing day at the beach, away from wild beach parties, head to X’cacel. Imagine only hearing the waves rolling in and the breeze blowing gently through the palm trees, while you are surrounded by pure nature. If you head to the south end of the beach, you can follow a trail that leads you to a natural pool in the middle of the jungle.
The best way to round up the day is with a delicious Mexican dinner. To avoid the crowded tourist draws, and try real Mexican food, go to Restaurant Axiote. The award-winning chef Xavier Perez Stone serves 100% Mexican food, using local ingredients. It’s a couple of steps away from the 5th Avenue, on the 34th Street, which is why many tourists miss this little gem.